Driskel Won't Miss Practice With Injury
Jeff Driskel
FightinGators.com Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2012

Florida head coach Will Muschamp made an unscheduled appearance at Florida’s media availability on Wednesday to clear up the status of quarterback Jeff Driskel. He heard about the difference in reports of the sophomore quarterback’s injury status throughout the day on Tuesday and wanted to make sure the correct information was public.

The injury occurred during Florida’s practice on Sunday night, but Jeff Driskel had to watch film early in the week to try figuring out exactly when it happened. Will Muschamp said that the sophomore quarterback “got a pop on the (left) shoulder” during Sunday’s practice. Muschamp elected to pull the red jerseys off the quarterbacks during practice on Sunday and Monday.

Driskel iced the shoulder on Sunday night. He came to the football facility on Monday and went through the walk through and team meetings. After the team ate lunch, Driskel approached team trainer Anthony Pass and told him the shoulder was still sore.

Pass told Muschamp about it before practice and the team doctors looked at it to be safe. The diagnosis was a contusion of the scapula. He hasn’t been cleared for contact but will participate in every drill in practice despite the injury.

“We all get bruised when you’re in camp and play football,” Muschamp said. “He will not miss one rep that he would normally take.”

Jeff Driskel

Muschamp said that Driskel will practice on Wednesday and that the injury wouldn’t change the race for the quarterback job.

“The competition is ongoing,” Muschamp said. “It hasn’t affected anything we’re trying to do or how we’re trying to prepare our team.”

It was Muschamp’s idea to take the red, non-contact jerseys off the quarterback on Sunday and Monday night. He said on Monday that he wanted them to feel the pressure off the edge and learn how to step up in the pocket to avoid the pass rush.

On Wednesday, he acknowledged that might have contributed to the injury.

“That was something we needed to do,” Muschamp said. “It was very productive for them and our football team. It was not like there was some big time blow where he went down and 14 guys fell on top of him. It was nothing like that. He didn’t go to the ground.”

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